Jack Sullivan 

Updated Fall, 2016

Biology 483 - Mammalogy


Some Greek & Latin Word Roots.


Lecture 1. Introduction to Mammals. Notes Slides.

Reeder et al. (2007).

Lecture 2. Origin of Mammals. Notes Slides.

Luo et al. (2002). A landmark paper on Cynodont phylogeny.

Rowe (1988). The argument for a crown-group definition of Mammalia.

Luo et al. (2015). A recent phylogeny of the late cynodonts.

Ruta et al. (2013). A recent paper that uses my preferred definition of Mammalia.

O'Leary et al. (2013). This paper argues that placental mammals did not radiate until after the dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. (I think they're wrong, and the reasons are presented here and here.)

McNab (1978). The rationale for the Size Refugium Hypothesis on the evolution of endothermy.

Lecture 3. Mammalian Diversity: Mesozoic Mammals and Monotremes. Notes Slides.

Hu et al. (2005).

Luo (2007).

Rich et. al (1997).

Luo et. al (2011).

Lecture 4A. Mammalian Diversity: Metatheria. Notes Slides.

Lecture 4B. Mammalian Diversity: Eutheria. Notes Slides.

Lecture 5. Disparity in Diversity. Notes Slides.

Cooper & Steppan (2010). A quantitative test of the constraints on Metatherian front limbs.

Lavialle et.al (2013). Evidence that the formation of the sycytio-trophoblast is mediated by genes acquired from endogenous retrovirus.

Lecture 6. Dentition. Notes Slides.

Lecture 7. The Nature of Mammalian Species. Notes Slides.

Hoisington-Lopez et al. (2012). A paper that discusses species delimitation in cases of allopatry.

Sullivan et al. (2014). A review of rampant mtDNA introgression in chipmunks.

Lecture 8. Evolution of Ear Ossicles. Notes Slides.

Meng et al. (2011). Documents migration of malleus and incus off the jaw in a triconodont.

Takechi & Kuratani (2010). A good review of the evolution of mammalian ear ossicles and homologies across vertebrates.

Lecture 9. Locomotion I: Flight. Notes Slides.

Lecture 10. Locomotion II: Functional Morphology. Notes Slides.

Lecture 11. Locomotion III: Types and Adaptations. Notes Slides.

Domning (2001). This paper describes a transitional sirenian.

Rybczynski et al. (2009). This paper describes a transitional pinniped carnivoran.

Lecture 12. Reproduction I: General Patterns. Notes Slides.

Lecture 13. Reproduction II: Morphology, Cyclicity, & Life History. Notes Slides.

Lecture 14. Social Behavior I: Degrees of Sociality. Notes Slides.

Lecture 15. Social Behavior II: Evolution of Social Behavior. Notes Slides.

Carter & Wilkinson (2013). A study of reciprocal altruism in Desmodus rotundus.

Silk (2013). A brief discussion on the rarity of reciprocal altruism.

Lecture 16. Arvicoline Population Cycles. Notes Slides.

Batzli & Patelka (1971). An early paper on the Food Hypothesis.

Graham & Lambin (2002). A predator-exclusion study.

Krebs (1978). An excellent discussion of the Chitty hypothesis.

Lidicker (1988). A multifactorial explanation.

Hestebeck (1982). Another multifactorial explanation.

Lecture 17. Mammalian Population Genetics. Notes Slides.

Lecture 18. Genetic Diversity and Population Viability. Notes Slides.

Sanvito et al. (2013). A discussion of northern elephant seal conservation genetics.

Terrell et al. (2016). A discussion of cheetah conservation genetics and inbreeding depression.

Miller et al. (2011). Documentation of low diversity in pre-disease populations of Tasmanian devils.

Epstein et al. (2016). The evolution of resistance from standing genetic variation in Tasmanian devils.

Reed (2010). A paper questioning the link between genetic diversity and population viability.

Lecture 19. Thermoregulation. Notes Slides.

Lecture 20. Water Balance. Notes Slides.

Lab Handouts

Lab 1. Mammalian Anatomy.

Lab 2. Monotremes, Marsupials, Xenarthra, Insectivora.

Lab 3. Systematics.

Lab 4. Chiroptera, Primates, Scandentia.

Lab 5. Rodents I: Hystricomorpha, Sciuromorpha.

Lab 6. Rodents II: Castorimorpha, Myomorpha.

Lab 7. Population Biology.

Study Guide for Lab Midterm.

Lab 8. Lagomorpha & Afrotheria. I agree this is a silly way to group these.

Lab 9. Carnivora.

Lab 10. Perisodactyla & Cetartiodactyla.

Old Exams

Exam 1.

Study Guide for Eutherian Orders.

Exam 2.

Final Exam.